BJP chief Amit Shah announces new team, Varun Gandhi`s calibre to be looked into

Days after being ratified as the Bharatiya Janata Party`s president, Amit Shah on Saturday announced the list of party`s new office bearers which includes several members under the age of 50.

By Tarun Khanna | Last Updated: Aug 17, 2014, 11:10 AM IST

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New Delhi: Days after being ratified as the Bharatiya Janata Party`s president, Amit Shah on Saturday announced the list of party`s new office bearers which includes several members under the age of 50.

However, the BJP chief`s new list doesn`t include Varun Gandhi`s name.

Meanwhile, speculations are doing the rounds that Shah dropped Varun Gandhi`s name who was earlier inducted as general secretary of the party by Rajnath Singh.

On the other hand, the BJP secretary Siddharth Nath Singh said the party will surely look into his calibre and position him accordingly.

"There are many opportunites in the party, in the government and I am sure the party will look into Varun Gandhi`s calibre and adjust him accordingly," Singh told PTI.

The BJP chief has appointed 11 vice presidents, 8 general secretaries, 14 secretaries and 10 national spokespersons.

The names of new BJP VPs are B Dattatray, BS Yeddyurappa, Satpal Malik, MA Naqvi, P Ruppala, Prabhat Jha, Raghuvar Das, Kiran Maheswari, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Renu Devi and Dinesh Sharma.

Furthermore, the list of 8 general secretaries includes JP Nadda, RP Rudy, Muralidhar Rao, Ram Madhav, Saroj Pandey, Bhupendra Yadav, RS Kateria and Ram Lal.

Besides these, Shahanawaz Hussain, Sudhanshu Trivedi, Meenakshi Lekhi, Sambit Patra, MJ Akbar, Nalin Kohli, BS Shastri, GVLN Rao, Anil Baluni and L Kumarmangalam will be party`s national spokespersons.

“The new BJP team is experienced and 60 percent of its office bearers are under 50. We have included the representatives of all the states and communities,” said BJP leader JP Nadda.

While Abdul Rashid Ansari will continue as the BJP Minority Morcha chief, BJP leader Anurag Thakur remain Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha chief.

“I`m sure that Amit Shah will deliver his promises made to the youth,” said Thakur.

The BJP Mahila Morcha chief will be Vijaya Rahatkar.

Although Varun Gandhi`s mother Maneka Gandhi is a minister in Modi government, Varun has not been given any alternative post in the newly formed BJP team.

“Team formed by Amit bhai is excellent, full of youth and experience. We will work with enthusiasm,” told Shahnawaz Hussain to ANI.

The focus of the new team will remain on leading the BJP to victory in states which will go to polls in near future.